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Watermelon Salsa

August/September 2005

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Sweet, savory and crunchy salsa accompanies grilled pork or chicken rather nicely. Try it with tortilla chips as a refreshing alternative to a tomato salsa.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I have made this salsa so many times - easy, delicious, great for a big crowd - people always look forward to it and are suprised to find out it is watermelon! A gem of a recipe! "
Watermelon Salsa

Makes: 8 servings, 1/2 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups finely diced seedless watermelon, (about 2 1/4 pounds with the rind) (see Tip)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (see Ingredient note)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, (about 1/2 bunch)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion, (about 1/2 small)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Preparation

  1. Place watermelon, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice and onion in a medium bowl; stir well to combine. Season with salt. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Tip: Melon selection & storage: Look for symmetrical unblemished melons, without flat sides, that have a creamy yellow spot on the bottom indicating ripeness. At 92% water, this fruit should feel heavy when you heft it. Precut melon flesh should be dense, firm and appear moist. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or keep in a cool, dark spot. Cover the cut surface of melon with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • Ingredient Note: The seeds and surrounding membrane are the spiciest part of the chile pepper. To increase the heat of the salsa, use some or all of the seeds, depending on your preference, along with the flesh of the pepper.

Nutrition

Per serving: 26 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 75 mg sodium; 122 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (60% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1/2 fruit


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